"A Wall-Street journal article interviewed a 21-year old girl with a Chanel bag. That alone in and of itself is appalling, a 21-year old with a Chanel bag!" For those not familiar with her, she's a rather famous financial advisor, author of many books, etc. I thought this was both funny and uncomfortable. As a 22-year old who carries Chanels, I often wonder what older women think. I've definitely seen some interested glances from older women coming my way: I can't tell if they're appraising, admiring or simply abhored at the fact that this YOUNG GIRL is carrying a $2,000 bag (it doesn't help that I look about 17, either). Whether it's conscious or not, I think most of us feel that we should have a certain amount of financial, personal and professional success in order to warrent carrying such expensive bags -- and if we don't, why are bags even a priority? I think most of us DO feel that our Chanels are in some way a reward to ourselves. What do you ladies think about young women carrying expensive purses? I know that personally, I think it's strange for anyone under 35 to own a Birkin -- but is it really any different with Chanel? It's all relative and while Chanels are relatively affordable/reasonable than Birkins, they are not when compared to Coach. At what point is one brand okay for a certain age group but not another? Your thoughts?